Modi’s choice for UP Chief Minister

asiancorrespondent.com reports, ‘A highly controversial Hindu priest-turned-politician has been handpicked by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lead the country’s most populous state [UP, Uttar Pradesh]. With more than a dozen criminal cases pending against him — and despite repeatedly inciting violence against other religions, threatening to place Hindu deities in mosques, praising Donald Trump’s travel ban on Muslims — Yogi Adityanath was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, as part of Narendra’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) . . .

Adityanath enjoys significant popularity with  Hindu’s in the state but his appointment has left many Muslims, of which there are 42 million, concerned by Modi’s decision with many fearing for the future . . . During the run up to state elections in March this year, Adityanath delivered highly provocative speeches across the sprawling Uttar Pradesh that many considered hate speech towards the state’s Muslim minority. This attempt to spread division and consolidate the Hindu voters proved highly effective in the Hindu majority state with the BJP winning 325 of Uttar Pradesh’s 403 seats, the biggest majority for any party in the state legislature in 40 years . . .

He has accused Mother Teresa of being part of a conspiracy to Christianise India and called Shah Rukh Khan, a popular Bollywood actor, a terrorist. He praised Trump’s travel ban on citizens from seven Muslim-majority nations and proposed that a similar measure be taken in India, a country in which over 14 percent of the population are Muslim. At a rally in the recent elections, he implied his followers should kill Muslims vowing, “If one Hindu girl marries a Muslim man, then we will take 100 Muslim girls in return…If they (Muslims) kill one Hindu man, then we will kill 100 Muslim men”.’ click here.